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              Over the years, myths and misconceptions have arisen about certain foods and scary diseases. To make matters worse, false and undeserved claims often end up tainting the reputations of favorite foods, some of which turn out to be good for you. Here’s the truth about some common-and stubborn-food myths.

 

10. Frozen fruits and vegetables are less nutritious than fresh ones

Frozen fruits and vegetables

                 Fresh fruits and vegetables are more nutritious than the frozen and canned variety-at the instant they are picked. During shipping and storage, natural enzymes are released in fresh fruit and vegetables that cause them to lose nutrients.

By contrast, food processors quick-freeze fresh-picked produce, which preserves much of its vitamin and mineral content. A University of Illinois study found, for instance, that frozen beans retained twice as much vitamin C as fresh beans purchased in a grocery store. Contrary to common belief, canning does not deplete fruit and vegetables of significant amounts of nutrients either. While heat processing may reduce levels of some vitamins, certain canned foods-such as spinach and pumpkin-actually have higher levels of vitamin A than fresh versions.

 

9.  Everyone will benefit from giving up gluten

Gluten free

              “Eating gluten free is not necessarily healthier if you do not have Celiac disease or a gluten intolerance/sensitivity,”. It’s also important to note that not all gluten-free foods are created equally, or healthfully. “Gluten-free breads and baked goods may still use nutrient-poor, refined flours,” she explains. They can also be high in sugar. If wheat products don’t make you feel crummy, swearing them off isn’t going to make you a healthier person.

 

8.  Nuts are too fattening-eat them sparingly

Nuts are too fattening

            To be sure, nuts contain a lot of fat, but it’s mostly the good kind. Dry-roasted peanuts, for example, have three to four times more heart-healthy monounsaturated fat than saturated fat. Recent research suggests that eating nuts as part of a healthy diet may even help you lose weight. Researchers believe that the fat in nuts helps people feel full, and the protein may use up calories as it digests.

What’s more, a study by British researchers shows that high-protein foods help trigger the release of a hormone known to reduce hunger. Nuts’ high concentration of healthy fats makes them a guilt-free way to satisfy hunger without raising cholesterol or other blood fats. What’s more, nuts are an excellent fiber source and provide a long list of nutrients, including vitamin E, magnesium, folate, and copper.

 

7.  Eat all your daily protein at one meal

daily protein

             While most people do consume the recommended amount of protein each day, we are not doing a good job spreading it out. A typical eating pattern is a tiny bit of protein for breakfast, a little more for lunch and a huge amount for dinner. Getting enough protein at each meal gives your body more opportunities to create new muscle. It also may help control hunger, which helps with weight management. Aim for protein at each meal.

Since breakfast is the most-difficult meal for many people to consume adequate protein, try cottage cheese or Greek yogurt and fruit; turkey sandwich, Tex-Mex wrap with eggs, black beans and salsa; smoothie with base of soy milk, cottage cheese or yogurt.

 

6.  “Calories eaten at night are more fattening than those eaten early in the day.”

Calories are calories no matter what time you eat

                “Calories are calories are calories, and it doesn’t matter what time you eat them”. It is what and how much you eat and how much physical activity you do during the whole day that determines whether you gain, lose, or maintain your weight. when you eat it, and that what causes weight gain is simply eating more calories than you burn. fats gives you the fuel you need to power through your day. Think more about the quality of fats and you’ll probably find yourself worrying less about the quantity.

 

5.  Salads are always the healthiest option on the menu 

Salads are not always the healthiest option

             You’d think that choosing the salad is safe. But all the add-ons piled atop a bed of lettuce can make the sugar, fat, and calorie count just as high as the mouthwatering burger you’re trying to resist. “Watch out for tricky salad toppings that add up quickly: creamy, bottled dressings; cheese; bacon; croutons; or sweetened, dried fruit,”  Other ingredients, like avocado and nuts, are healthy in small amounts but are usually served in too-large portion sizes.

 To make sure your salad is as healthy as possible, look for one with leafy greens, lean protein (fried chicken doesn’t count), a small serving of healthy fat, and an oil-based dressing on the side. The oil helps you absorb all the fat-soluble nutrients you’re eating, and keeps you away from caloric creamy dressing.

 

4.  Natural sugar is different from added sugar

Natural sugar is different from added sugar?

              Sugar is sugar. On a molecular level, the sugar in an apple is the same as the sugar you spoon into your coffee cup. There can be a difference in how our bodies break down the sugar when it’s combined with other nutrients like fiber and protein, but simply being natural doesn’t cut it. Sugar in a whole fruit comes with fiber and helps slow digestion and prevent blood sugar spikes. That’s better than sugar that comes void of other nutrients.

But when you squeeze out the juice and drink it, or eat maple syrup, agave syrup, or honey, your body reacts the same way it would to table sugar or the sugar in a Coke.

 

3.  Coffee causes Cancer

 

Coffee causes Cancer

                 Coffee has been linked to cancer on several occasions over the past generation or so. In the late 1970s, for example, researchers reported that caffeine caused the growth of cysts in breast tissue. That finding raised concerns since women who frequently develop cysts often go on to have breast cancer. Then, in 1981, a Harvard study found an increase in pancreatic cancer among coffee drinkers. However, other scientists later looked for links between coffee and these cancers, using superior research methods and studying larger groups of people. They found none.

Studies have also shown in recent years that drinking coffee appears to offer some protection against other conditions, including Parkinson’s disease and type 2 diabetes (although in order to substantially lower your risk for the latter, you may need to imbibe six cups per day).

 

2.  Carbs are bad for you

Carbs are bad for you

            Carbohydrates are essential to a healthy diet, providing energy for your whole body. But it’s best to get carbs from healthy, minimally processed foods, like fruits, vegetables, beans, nuts, whole grains and dairy.Choosing the healthiest carbohydrates, especially whole grains, is more important to your well-being.

At least seven major studies show that women and men who eat whole grains have 20 to 30 percent less heart disease. Separately, in a 2010 study of more than 13,000 adults, those who ate the most servings of whole grains had lower body weight.

 

1.  Egg yolks are bad for you

Egg yolks are bad for you

                  All this years, nutrition experts cautioned that eggs were unhealthy. cholesterol plugs up arteries, eggs must raise the risk of heart attacks and strokes, right? Wrong. It has no connection with cardiovascular disease.Most people don’t know that the yolk actually contains over 40 percent of the protein — and more than 90 percent of the calcium, iron and B vitamins — in a whole egg.

It also contains all of the egg’s healthy fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E and K). Plus, that extra fat will help to keep you full and satisfied for longer than you would be with just the whites!

          So, these were some of the food myths you still believe are true. If you know any such food myths . You can comment down below and share with us.

 

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